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Definition of Glossopharyngeal nerve

Glossopharyngeal nerve: The ninth cranial nerve, which supplies the tongue, throat, and one of the salivary glands (the parotid gland). Problems with the glossopharyngeal nerve result in difficulties with tasting and 'swallowing.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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